If you have an important question to research and already know how it’s going to turn out, and you develop an intelligent hypothesis to learn the answer, but then come to the opposite conclusion — and, if the question was does humanity cause global warming? — know one thing for certain: you just wasted a lot of time and money.
But something can be learned. Don’t spend good money after bad.
We really need to know who is asking the question. Do they really want the answer? What use will they have for the answer? Is it even the right question? “With global cooling underway,” as David Archibald observed back in October 2010, “and while waiting around for solar maximum, my own research interest has moved on to understanding the transition to cooling. A recent report on the Canadian wheat crop has it down 20% this year due to a cold and wet start to the growing season. This is consistent with my view that, by the end of the decade, Canadian agriculture will be reduced to trapping beavers, as it was in the 17th century.”
Personally, I don’t like to consider global cooling and having to eat rabbit but for starters let’s assume the AGW hypothesis is not a hoax and continuing global warming is our future because of it. Only then would it be sensible to say global warming is not natural so what if anything can anyone do now to stop AGW before natural climate cycles are simply overwhelmed by humanity’s activities. And, global warming alarmists will tell you that the answer is so easy that the question almost answers itself: The answer to the problem is, we need less of everything because that is the only way to stop AGW: we need less energy. But, they will also say, we need MORE government.
Humanity is making too much energy; we need MORE government. There are too many people in the world; we need MORE government. We are running out of oil; we need MORE government. People are too fat; we need MORE government. Healthcare is not free; we need MORE government. My employer is going out of business; we need MORE government; My paycheck doesn’t buy what it used to; we need MORE government. I want to retire in my 50s at full pay for life; we need MORE government.
“The new slaves: Those who have accomplished are obligated… to support those who have not accomplished. The economic game has been rigged and is to be corrected by rules, scorn, taxes, and tax audits [i.e., capitalism and the productive are the new Jews that the liberal fascists now target]…
“Dick Dawkins is both incredibly rigid and possibly mad, Islam is Dawkins multiplied by tens of thousands, Gaza and Palestine have been Jewish land for millennia (Jordan was the original Palestinian homeland), and there is no Anthropogenic Global Warming just as 150 years ago there was no particular value in Dutch tulips or the Brit’s South Sea Bonds [or, gold at $2000 which is where it’s heading].” (James Brody)
A person that knows they’re right can be very badly wrong. Al Gore and his beliefs are good examples of something very bad in Western science: he is a “rather noisy, runt,” as Phillip Stott might agree and more, “a case of empty vessels.”
“Two thousand years of published human histories say that the warm periods were good for people. It was the harsh, unstable Dark Ages and Little Ice Age that brought bigger storms, untimely frost, widespread famine and plagues of disease.” ~Dennis Avery
How many feel comfortable putting their future into the hands of the UN and the approved government scientists of the IPCC, a “self-appointed body,” says Geraldo Luís Lino, “staffed by non-elected super-bureaucrats and accountable only to the multi-vested interests hidden behind the global warming scare machine.”
The craziest thing about the Left and the liberal Utopians of Western academia goes way beyond their acceptance of global warming hysteria as an article of faith. What is far worse is their unquestioned belief that this time, their Marxist Utopia will be different from the failure of Eurocommunism and humanity’s past experiences with the ideology of Marx which has led to misery, suffering and millions of deaths.
Dr. Roy Spencer was honest when he said, “I am often asked, ‘So, are you saying there is a conspiracy here?’” Spencer said, “No, because the ultimate goals were not a secret. Just a bunch of elitists carrying out plans that the politicians supported — with continuing promises of congressional funding for research that those politicians knew would support Job #1 of government — to stay needed by the people. Many of the scientists involved are just along for a ride on the gravy train. Even I ride that train… The elitism clearly shows through in the behavior of those who speak out publicly on the need for humanity to change its Earth-destroying ways.”
There are a world of things about which humanity is destined to live in a perpetual state of irreducible ignorance. This is where (using criteria put down by Bammer and Smithson, 2008) no amount of research ever tells us what we want to know. For example, we will never know what happened before The Big Bang! Sometimes we will be painfully aware of our conscious ignorance. That is where we know we don’t know what we don’t know. Knowing that much doesn’t help much but it can at least help save us from being so very badly wrong about so many things. And there is the world of meta-ignorance inhabited by AGW True Believers who just refuse to even consider the possibility of error.